Random Revelations: Article #114- 34 Astounding and Curious Random Facts

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1Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette

In 2001, American-Canadian singer Alanis Morissette single-handedly extended the Broadway run of "Jane Eyre" by a month, donating $150,000 worth of tickets to poor kids.

2. When USSR premier Nikita Khrushchev visited IBM's Silicon Valley research facility in 1959 he showed indifference to computing technology, but he was so impressed by their buffet style cafeteria that he instructed factories across the Soviet Union to implement the self service dining concept.

3. Johnny Cash has a younger brother named Tommy Cash who is also a country singer and songwriter. He released a single called “I Didn’t Walk the Line” in 1965.

4. In 2005, a cardboard box was added to the US National Toy Hall of Fame. According to them, “Inside a big cardboard box, a child is transported to a world of his or her own, one where anything is possible.”

5. In 2013, an 82 year old nun named Megan Rice and two fellow activists broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, spray-painted antiwar slogans, and splashed blood on the outside of the heavily guarded Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility. She was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

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6Abandoned villages

Abandoned villages

There are more than 20,000 abandoned villages in the Russian country.

7. The ancient myths of Australian Aborigines portray the formation of geographical features in Australia, dating to 10,000 B.C., with striking accuracy. The myths corroborate modern geological evidence, indicating they originated as firsthand accounts, preserved for millennia.

8. A termite queen can live for up to 30 to 50 years.

9. In 1914, the Puerto Rican Congress voted unanimously for independence from the United States. The US Government ignored the vote.

10. The world’s oldest brewery, Weihenstephan Abbey, is still in operation in Bavaria, Germany. It will turn 1000 years old in 2040.

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11Rogue waves

Rogue waves

Rogue waves or “freak waves,” the unexpected and massive waves that sailors have long told stories about, were generally considered to be mythical until confirmed by scientific instrumentation in 1995.

12. During the “Monkey Love Experiments,” infant monkeys were housed with two artificial mothers: one, made only of wire, dispensed food, while the other had no food but was made of soft terrycloth. The monkeys spent nearly all of their time clinging to the soft mother despite the lack of food.

13. In the 1940s, a Californian night school teacher discovered fossils in a local quarry and formed a small archeological group consisting of his students, whom he taught how to uncover fossils. One of their discoveries included an Antelope with four antlers.

14. Some scientists theorize that the origin of life is just the inevitable outcome of thermodynamics as a middle-step to increase overall entropy in the universe.

15. Captain Herbert Sobel (portrayed by David Schwimmer in 'Band of Brothers') landed at Normandy, fought in World War 2 and received a bronze star. He later attempted suicide but failed, blinding himself. He died from malnutrition 17 years later. No services were held after his death.

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16Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry cartoon ranks number 58 in Japan's top 100 animated tv series of all time list.

17. At the 1978 Cannes Film Festival, while giving interview after interview, Martin Scorsese ran out of cocaine and found it impossible to continue. "No more coke, no more interviews," he declared.

18. Since the island of Bermuda does not have any fresh-water, all of the houses there have to collect water from rainfall with their specially designed roofs.

19. When the Sawback Black Bayonet is plunged into the enemy, it pulls out the victim’s insides when removed, causing an exceptionally painful death. French and British soldiers would execute captured Germans on sight who were in possession of the blade.

20. North and South Korea engaged in a ‘flagpole war’ during the 1980s to build the tallest flagpole. This resulted in North Korea having the tallest flagpole in the world for over a decade at 160 meters high.

21Georg Gärtner

Georg Gärtner

After World War 2, the US government could not account for 7 German prisoners of war. The last of them, Georg Gärtner, surrendered himself on the 'Today Show' in 1985.

22. As a teenager when Charles Darwin showed no interest in becoming a doctor, his father told him "You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family."

23. John Cena holds the celebrity record for most wishes granted for the Make-A-Wish foundation with over 500 wishes.

24. Former NBA player Andrew Bynum was once thrown out of a team practice session because he kept shooting the ball whenever he touched it, regardless of how far away he was from the basket.

25. In 1940, two military aircraft collided in mid-air. They became stuck on top of each other. The pilot of the plane on top used the engines of the bottom plane to land both of them together.

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